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5 Fun Facts About February 5 In Florida History

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Here are 5 facts about February 5th, relevant to Florida history.

1. In 1972, the 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified. It extended the right to vote to residents of Washington, DC. At the time, Congressman Dante Fascell of Miami was the primary advocate, promoting the idea to provide extended voting rights.

2. Tampa Bay's largest environmental restoration project began in 2007 with the initiation of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. The project included the restoration of the bay's critical wetlands and water ecosystems, leading to the production of 500-acres of habitat for marine life.

3. On February 5, 2005, Gainsville, Florida was in the news as legendary American aviator and Astronaut, John Glenn, appeared in the city for a NASA space science extravaganza. The astronaut displayed his space suit, answered questions on space science, and signed autographs for attendees, most of whom were exhilarated students.

4. In 2000, KISS musician Gene Simmons and girlfriend, Shannon Tweed, were summoned to Seminole County Court after dispatching phony hitmen to frighten a couple in the grand theft lawsuit. Tweed and Simmons later pled guilty for the offense.

5. On February 5, 1999, the FBI continued investigating the case of an opulent three-year-old kidnapping. Amber Hagerman was abducted while riding her bike in Arlington, Texas, and her body found four days later. Her abduction motivated the launch of the AMBER alert system named in her honor. The system has saved numerous children who were subject to possible child abduction.
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